Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Charter Communications, Irdeto, Samsung

--Rovi in TotalGuide EPG Deal with Charter Communications
--Irdeto Acquires Rovi's BD+ Technology for Blu-ray
--Samsung's Connected-TV 3D VOD Service Surpasses 1 Million Views

Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format:

  • Rovi said Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications, enabling the latter to distribute the Rovi TotalGuide solution on its set-top boxes, as well as on mobile and tablet devices and the Web. The multi-year deal also includes a license for the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application for i-Guide and Passport Guide and for the use of the Rovi EPG patent portfolio across set-tops, Web and mobile products, Rovi says. "With the Rovi TotalGuide Application for STB's, Charter will be able to offer its digital customers an advanced search, discovery and recommendations user experience on set-top boxes already in homes today," Rovi states in its press materials. "Beyond the set-top, the Rovi TotalGuide xD application can extend and connect Charter's video experience to tablets, smartphones and PC's." (Note: for more on Rovi TotalGuide xD, see the article published on, March 4th.) "To enable our customers to meet ongoing demands for innovative features, we've rolled out a set of solutions incorporating advanced search, discovery and recommendation capabilities that can be deployed in today's cable ecosystem," Bob Shallow, Rovi's SVP of service provider sales, said in a prepared statement. "Through this agreement, Charter will be able to give its customers access to integrated search, continuous six degrees discovery, recommendations and celebrity biographies and credits that can enhance their TV watching experience."
  • In other Rovi news: Content-security specialist, Irdeto, said Thursday that it has acquired the company's BD+ technology for Blu-ray. "The newly acquired BD+ technology will fold into the company's Irdeto ActiveCloak for Media offering, giving Hollywood studios a more robust solution for protecting high-value Blu-ray movie titles from the threat of digital piracy and lost revenues," Irdeto states in its press materials. "This deal marks the next phase of a dedicated effort by Irdeto to combat entertainment piracy across online, broadcast and physical media distribution channels."
  • Samsung has announced that its connected-TV 3D VOD service has surpassed 1 million views in the three months or so since its launch. Owners of 3D-enabled Samsung Smart TV's access the service by downloading an app called "Explore 3D" from the company's Samsung Apps store. "The number of 3D VOD content views passed the millionth milestone within 100 days since it was officially launched in March," the company states in its press materials. "This means that Samsung Smart TV users worldwide have played back 3D VOD content on average 10,000 times per day--an increase from 5,000 views per day in April. The 3D VOD service...allows consumers to access 3D content free and on-demand from Samsung Smart TV's. Samsung's 3D VOD service currently has 28 types of free 3D content including films, music videos, children's classics, documentaries and trailers from partner DreamWorks and, by the end of 2011, 70 free 3D videos will be available through the 'Explore 3D' app."
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